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Basics on the topic Rhyming Words
What are rhyming words? Sometimes, words end on the same sound. That makes them sound similar. When words end on similar sounds, we say they rhyme. Rhyming words are often used in music and poems. Let’s learn more about rhyming words (for kindergarten) and how to teach rhyming words with the following explanation.
Rhyming Words – Definition
Here is a helpful definition for rhyming words:
Rhyming words are words that have the same ending sound. An ending sound is the part of the word we hear last.
Here is a small overview of sounds and their matching rhyming words.
|mug, jug, bug
|jet, net, bet, set
|pan, fan, can
Rhyming Words – Examples
When teaching rhyming words, it’s best to start with an example. Let's practise with the word: cat. The word cat ends with the sound -at. Other words that end the same are hat, bat, and rat. These words all rhyme because their last sound is the same: -at.
Words like shoe or bird do not rhyme with cat because they all have different ending sounds.
It can also be useful to show rhyming words for kindergarten with pictures. This helps children with learning rhyming words in kindergarten. In the image below, there are pictures along with the words mug, bug, and net.
To identify the rhyming pair, first say the words aloud, using the pictures to help, and listen to the ending sounds. The rhyming words are mug and bug because they share the same ending sound: -ug.
Rhyming Words – Summary
Rhyming words can be more than just fun in games, music and poems. You can learn a lot about spelling with rhyming words. Find out whether or not two words rhyme with this overview:
Rhyming words are words that have the same ending sound.
An ending sound is the part of the word we hear last.
We can figure out if words rhyme by listening carefully to see if the final sounds in each word are the same.
Have you practised with our rhyming words worksheets yet? On this website, you can find interactive exercises on rhyming words for kindergarten and rhyming words worksheets.
Rhyming Words exercise
What are rhyming words?Hints
Examples of rhyming words are:
Look at this rhyme: He sat by the cat. Sat and cat rhyme. What do you notice?Solution
Rhyming words are words that have the same ending sound. Remember, the ending sound is the part of the word we hear last. For example, cup and pup rhyme.
Which two words rhyme?Hints
Say the words out loud, and listen to the ending sounds. Which words rhyme?
Remember, rhyming words have the same sound at the end.Solution
The rhyming words are shell and bell, because they share the same ending sound, /ell/.
Find the rhyming pairs.Hints
Remember, rhyming words have the same ending sound.
An example of a rhyming pair is: clock, sock.Solution
These rhyming words have the same ending sound!
Skip and lip both end in /ip/.
Ball and fall both end in /all/.
Dish and wish both end in /ish/.
Kick and pick both end in /ick/.
Which words rhyme?Hints
Remember, pair the words that have the same ending sound.
Say each word out loud. Which words sound the same at the end?Solution
Here we can see the matching rhyming pairs:
fox and box
can and man
cold and gold
brave and cave
sunny and bunny
Which word rhymes with lunch?Hints
What sound is at the end of the word, lunch? Say it out loud. Which word here has the same ending sound?
Find the word that ends in unch.Solution
The rhyming word is crunch!
Lunch and crunch rhyme, because they both end in /unch/.
Sort the words.Hints
Remember, you are placing the word in the circle with the same ending sound.
For example, if the circle had the ending sound at, the words you would place there could be cat, sat, bat and rat.
Say the ending sounds out loud, then say the word out loud. Which ending sound does it have?Solution
The rhyming words all have the same ending sound:
- The words that end in ing and rhyme are: sing, cling, string, king
- The words that end in it and rhyme are: sit, bit, pit, kit
The Letter S
The Letter A
The Letter T
The Letter P
The Letter I
The Letter N
The Letter M
The Letter D
The Letter G
The Letter O
The Letter K
The Letter H
The Letter E
The Letter R
The Letter U
The Letter L
The Letter B
The Letter F
The Letter J
The Letter Q(u)
The Letter W
The Letter V
The Letter X
The Letter Y
The Letter Z
Consonant Letter Sounds
Matching Letters to Consonant & Vowel Sounds— Let's Practise!
CVC Words: The Initial Consonant
CVC Words: The Middle Vowel
CVC Sounds: The Final Consonant
Long and short Vowel sounds
Words, Syllables & Sounds
Onsets & Rimes
Decoding: Look at the Picture
Decoding: Stretch out the Word
Counting & Segmenting Syllables
Final 'E' and Split Digraphs
Adjacent Consonants _r
The Soft C
The Soft G
Alternative Pronunciation y (I)